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I was thinking recently about the book Masquerade by Kit Williams, which was a Big Deal when I was small. I was wondering what other examples there are of games with real life prizes.
I guess there are a few gamebooks (such as Steeleye and the Lost Magic) and I'm sure there are some video games where the first person to complete the game wins a prize or whatever but I wonder if anyone can point towards other examples of games where the player could win a prize for solving the riddle/cracking the code/collecting the clues/finding the hidden message etc.
Is this a thing that mostly belongs in gamebooks and treasure hunt type competitions?
 
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The ones I remember were the Metagaming quest books Treasure of the Silver Dragon and Treasure of Unicorn Gold. While playing the game, you got clues to the location of an actual dragon made of silver or a unicorn made of gold.
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There is a long standing prize ($10,000+) for the first program written that can defeat the best human Arimaa players before 2010 2020 . . .

http://arimaa.com/arimaa/
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The Arimaa challenge is good through 2020.

arimaa.com/arimaa/challenge
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The first thing that pops into my mind is clue investigator by Reiner Knizia. After solving all the puzzles, you can enter a code on www.clueinvestigator.com and if everything is correct, they will mail you some bonus cards for free.
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The NES video game Treasure Master had a related competition in 1991.

I also recall the collectible cards for Perplex City, which had a related game involving a hidden cube worth 100,000 GBP. I'm told you didn't actually need to buy any of the puzzle cards to hunt for the cube, though.
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What about games like Marbles or Pogs where the winner claimed the loser's pieces. That's a real life prize. Even Magic: the Gathering was originally envisioned to have a similar win-or-lose-a-real-card-each-game mechanic.
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There are usually chocolate versions of classic childrens games such as kerplunk where you win chocolates dependant upon how much you are beating your opponent by
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Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Scrabble etc.
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insearchofspace wrote:
I was thinking recently about the book Masquerade by Kit Williams, which was a Big Deal when I was small. I was wondering what other examples there are of games with real life prizes.
I guess there are a few gamebooks (such as Steeleye and the Lost Magic) and I'm sure there are some video games where the first person to complete the game wins a prize or whatever but I wonder if anyone can point towards other examples of games where the player could win a prize for solving the riddle/cracking the code/collecting the clues/finding the hidden message etc.
Is this a thing that mostly belongs in gamebooks and treasure hunt type competitions?



There is this Overtext Treasure Hunt 3- Murder!!! Prizes! The game is on

this is the third such hunt
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IIRC, There was a Hanna Montana or other teen game that came with prizes. A Hello Kitty game had stickers.

Then there's that bug game where, if you lost, you had to eat a bug...
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Sam and Max wrote:

Then there's that bug game where, if you lost, you had to eat a bug...


Tell me more!
 
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Poker is the example that springs to mind for me, given that the score is kept with filthy lucre.
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If you build Manneken Pis (B) in 7 Wonders, the winner needs to buy you a beer.
 
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